What Are You Counting?
Amongst the fear of the coronavirus and the intensity between the democrats and republicans, our recent Super Tuesday, the stock market ups and downs, and Nashville tornadoes, do you take time to count your blessings?
Are you consumed with fear of these illnesses? Are you obsessed with the Dow Jones and stocks? Are you so involved with politics, that you would rather argue with everyone to be heard?
How important are these issues over counting your blessings?
World issues and topics are very important, I would agree. Have you thought, what if you are so angry over these matters, so consumed, that you are overlooking the greatness that your loved ones and friends bring into your life?
I sat back yesterday and watched how concerned Ed was over the coronavirus. How it really worried him. He was concerned about making sure we had enough hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, alcohol, non-perishable food items, toilet paper, etc.
This wasn’t just for us, this was also for his parents, his sister, my sons, checking to ensure his son was covered. Although consumed with the thought of this coronavirus spreading or one of us being “hit” by this virus, he was essentially in a way, counting his blessings. For once, I really saw that he had stopped and was not as concerned with politics, Facebook, or social media.
As we discussed our upcoming doctors’ appointments (due to our underlying illnesses), we decided that we would not be adventuring out into the public this month. We would be taking every precaution necessary to stay "germ-free".
Earlier this week, I blogged about the Swine Flu/ MRSA pneumonia of 2009 and how it changed my life and my youngest son’s life. I cannot imagine going through another similar situation. This is simply one of the reasons I do continue to count my blessings every single day.
I pray because I believe in Jesus and God and miracles. I have faith. I know there is good in the world, behind all the chaos and madness. I am grateful and thankful for the struggles and trials I have endured. These were all blessings along the way.
My blessings include a wonderful man in my life, open communication, finally a partnership with goals. We have great sons (mine and his), we are extremely close to his parents (this means so much to me), I have healthy and wonderful grandchildren, I am thankful for the relationship I have with his sister. I have some family that I keep in touch with on my side, not many. We have a few close friends, however, we adore them. Our small little circle seems to work. Those are my blessings.
I do not believe you need to be a millionaire, have a huge house, drive the most expensive car, have the best job, or travel to the most exotic places to be blessed.
Life's little things make you blessed because really they are big, much bigger than you may give them credit for. Dig deep into your heart.
Did you wake up today? That is a blessing.
Are you in a position to help someone, whether it be monetary or a smile? That is a blessing.
Do you feel love? That is a blessing. Are you loved? That is a blessing.
I can count so many more, I will end here, with this last sentence.
Slow down, tell those you love that you love them, show them how much you care, check in on your family and friends, count every blessing, no matter how big or small.
“Sometimes we focus so much on what we don't have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!”
― Jeff Dixon
“May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life.”
― Heber J. Grant
“To witness miracles unfold in your experience, count your blessings and be thankful. Perceived small blessings accumulate to be the most powerful.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"
“Someone's great blessing has sprung from a pain that you may not be able to endure. So, envy not the blessings they have, unless you are willing to take on the curses too.”
― J.S. Wolfe, The Unfolding: A Journey of Involution
“Bless my eyes to see goodness. Bless my words to speak kindness. Bless my heart to feel compassion. Bless my soul to radiate love.”
― Mary Davis